Halloween DecorI have to give my young daughter credit for this discovery.  One day, when she was five years old, she and her cousin went to town with temporary tattoos.  They applied them to plastic toys, clothing, shoes, and anything else they could think of.  I was surprised to see how well the tattoos adhered to plastic and fabric, and it made me want to try it for myself.  So I did, and I love the possibilities!  Here’s how you can make Halloween decor with tattoos.  I used a skeleton hand temporary tattoo from Dollar Tree to add some spook appeal to mundane items.  If you’re short on time or crafting skills, here’s an easy, inexpensive way to decorate.

Decorate with Tattoos

This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where I am a contributor.


  • Temporary Tattoo
  • Candle
  • Wood letter
  • Paint


Step one:  Paint the wood letter white.  Two applications of paint are usually enough.  Make sure you get the edges, too!
Step two:  Cut apart the tattoos, and plan where you want to place them.  Peel off the protective plastic film.
Step three:  Place the tattoos on the candle and the wood.  You place them image side down on the item.  Use a wet washcloth and dampen the tattoo paper backing.  Carefully remove the backing to leave the tattoo.
You can seal the letter with the finish of your choice, but it’s only necessary if the item is going to be handled a lot.  The tattoos actually adhere really, really well, and will only come off with a lot of rubbing/scrubbing.  I used Glow in the Dark decoupage medium on mine so it emits a faint glow at night.  I love how it looks with the other decor I made.
Tattoo on wood
With all the temporary tattoos available, you could adapt this project for any holiday or event.  Try this out as a fun alternative to decoupage!  What will you craft and create with temporary tattoos?  Have fun crafting and creating your Halloween decor with tattoos!


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